Kinnaman Coyotes

October 2019

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What Kinnaman Kids Are Working On


Thank you for your trust and patience while we spent quality time getting to know all of the kindergarten students. Classroom placements have been communicated, and we are hopeful for a great year. In class, students are learning to work and live together as a classroom community. We are using daily experiences to learn how to be friends and how to be a little bit more independent. Students are also learning about Kinnaman's three school rules: Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible. These skills will help students reach their potential academically and socially. Feel free to encourage these types of habits at home too to build that consistency. For example, at home, kids can be safe by using gentle hands when interacting with others. They can be respectful by taking turns and using kind words. They can be responsible by putting away their toys. Working together, we can help your child have a wonderful kindergarten year.

1st grade:

We are off and running in First Grade! We have been learning the routines and expectations of what it means to be a Kinnaman Coyote- Safe, Respectful and Responsible. In Math, we are working on early number sense by counting, finding different ways to show a number and also working together with a partner on a task. In Reader's Workshop, we are focusing on building good reading habits to help us grow as a reader. In Writer's Workshop, we will be writing small moment stories that have happened to us.

2nd grade:

We have had a really great start to our school year! This month in math we are going to explore place value by using different strategies (skip counting by 1's, 10's, 100's) to count large quantities of straws. In writing, we have finished our study of illustration techniques. Next, we will learn the writing process through personal narratives. In reading workshop, we are continuing to build our reading stamina, and work towards individual reading goals.

3rd grade:

Third grade is focusing on building positive classroom communities and communication. In math, we are working on math workshop. In reading we are working on building and supporting good reading habits. In writing, we are writing in the narrative genre. Students are also getting familiar with using the Chromebooks. We're having a lot of fun!

4th grade:

We've had a great start to the year! In class we are diving into a water science unit, learning to safely use lab equipment, and following the science process to understand how our world works. Our focus in math is reviewing old multiplication and addition strategies, as well as learning and applying new ones. Student collaboration will drive our work in mathematics this year. We've had a lot of fun working with our new health curriculum. Our first health unit is related to community safety. The fourth grade classrooms have created Marathon Kids accounts to track exercise to help students set goals for a healthy, active lifestyle. All of us are looking forward to using these accounts for the Jog-A-Thon put on by our amazing PTO and PE teachers.

5th grade:

Welcome back 5th grade families! New this year in 5th grade we will be working on teaching social skills to prepare our students for middle school. We will teach one new social skill a week. The social skill is taught and practiced each day during the week. The students are positively reinforced for using the social skills in class. Our hope is that we are able to send our students off to middle school not only academically prepared but socially prepared as well. Make sure to check out the weekly post on Remind from your child's teacher to see which skill we are working on.


ISC students are learning routines and practicing skills for independence. Parents are encouraged to support independence by having children practice basic skills (clothing management, and simple house chores. We also focus on communication daily.


This month in STEAM has been all about the T - Technology! Specifically, how to be safe, respectful, and responsible online. Students have been learning about issues such as cyberbullying (and what to do when they encounter it), password safety ("Password" and "123456" aren't very good ones...), and about their privacy on district hardware. Students have also learned appropriate skills for handling and using Chromebooks and iPads. ISC and Kindergarten students have begun a bit of art by practicing drawing with markers and using Ozobots! These are little programable robots which have light sensors and can follow colored lines. Check them out! By the end of the month, knowing that the vast majority of middle schoolers (and a surprising number of 5th graders) use various forms of social media, we will begin discussing how to know what is ok to post, how to comment kindly on others posts, and when to just walk away and put the phone down...

Marathon Kids:

We are happy to you inform your that our school is a Marathon Kids School. Students at times will run at recess, in class, in Physical Education class and their miles will add up as they go. Each Marathon they reach will have incentives. This is a nationwide program with Nike being a sponsor. 3rd, 4th and 5th will be able run before school starting at 8:12 A.M., on the field if weather permits.

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Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing two days a month. That's about 18 days, or 10% of the school year.


*Source: Attendance Works

Health Updates From Your School Nurse!


Please remember to keep your child home when ill. Students may not attend school with a fever greater than 100.5 degrees F and must be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine before returning to school.


Medication may be administered to students who require it during the school day. Parents must transport medication to school in the original container and complete a Medication Authorization Form. Please provide emergency medication if prescribed for your student.


All students must be up to date with immunizations before the state exclusion day in February 2019. Students who are not up to date will be excluded from school. Please review your student’s immunization record with your health care provider and provide any needed documentation.

Vision/ Hearing:

School wide screenings will be conducted with the assistance of volunteers for students who are able to participate on the dates scheduled. Vision screening will include grades K-5. Hearing will include grades K-2. Parents will only be notified of failed results. Please contact the office if you prefer your child does not participate in a screening.

Head Lice:

A student with suspected head lice will be referred to school staff for confidential individual screening. If nits or live lice are present, the parent will be contacted and provided with educational information. Students are no longer excluded from school for head lice. I encourage you to check your student regularly for head lice and notify the office if you have a concern or would like additional information.

Please feel free to contact me regarding any health related question or concern. You can reach me by email at or by phone at 503-356-3813.

Lori Perkins, RN

District School Nurse

Talented and Gifted

Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). If you think your child might qualify, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office. Completing this form gives our school TAG committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of its completion.

Oregon law and District policy define gifted students as those who score at or above the 97th percentile on a standardized, nationally normed test of mental ability and/or academic achievement. Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services.

The Parent Information Form must be completed and returned to our school’s TAG facilitator, Mindie Caraballo, or the school’s office.

On October 9th, all 3rd and 5th grade students will be administered the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screener. This 30-minute test measures students' learned reasoning abilities through verbal/picture analogies, number analogies, and figure matrices.

Currently, the main purpose for administering the CogAT is to identify students for the TAG in area of intellectual ability. Students who score at the 97th percentile or above on the CogAT screener will be invited to test with the full version of CogAT that is used for potential TAG identification. The full version of the CogAT will be given in November. For more information about testing, please contact our school's TAG facilitator, Mindie Caraballo. When test results are returned, we will be sending you a copy with additional information about our TAG program.

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Apply for Meal Benefits Today

Remember that the 30-day Rollover Period for 2018-2019 meal benefits will end October 15th. Be sure to apply TODAY so your students don’t have a lapse in benefits. Any families whose students go into “Paid” status will be responsible to pay for all meals charged in school cafeterias. Don’t let this happen to you!

Click on the link below to go to SchoolCafe, and see all the things that you can do:

All you need is your student’s ID number. If you don’t have that, you can call your school office

or the Meal Benefits line (503-356-3957). Here are some of your options in SchoolCafe:

  1. Create an account
  2. Apply for Meal Benefits
  3. View and print Meal Benefits letters
  4. See what items your student is getting in the cafeteria.
  5. Check your student’s account balance.
  6. View cafeteria menus
  7. Set up low balance alerts
  8. Set up auto-pay (when balance gets to an amount that YOU set, the account is replenished from your credit card)

If you do not have access to a computer, you can also apply for Meal Benefits on paper. Applications are available in the school office and cafeteria.

If you have questions or need help, please call Laurie Bishop at Meal Benefits, (503)356-3957 or email us at

Speak Up 4 Student Success: HB 3427 - Student Success Act

The Oregon Legislature passed and the Governor signed the $2 billion Student Success Act (HB 3427) in Spring 2019. This is an historic and much needed investment in K-12 schools. The Beaverton School District could be able to access an estimated $34 million per year through a state application process.

School districts are required to apply for funds, and must engage their community in a needs assessment process prior to the application for funds. We will host a series of Community Conversations - Speak Up 4 Student Success in several locations throughout the BSD. Schools will also be engaging their communities in these conversations during September and October.

Please join us to talk about what student success looks like in the Beaverton School District? What is going well in Beaverton schools? What areas/services/programs could we improve?

Your voice matters! We welcome your perspective and opinion.

Speak Up 4 Student Success Community Conversations offered in English & Spanish:

· Monday, October 7, 2019 at Stoller Middle School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

· Monday, October 21, 2019 at Aloha High School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (Budget Listening & Learning Session)

For more information, and to complete a BSD Needs Survey, please visit the Student Success Act webpage.

Dreambox FAQs for Parents

What is Dreambox?

Dreambox is a digital math support program that is available to all Beaverton School District students K-8. This program fully adapts to each user, providing them with lessons, hints, and pacing to best match each child as an individual learner. The tool is visually interesting and engages students in concept based tasks.

How does Dreambox work?

More than 48,000 data points are collected during every hour a student uses DreamBox Learning Math. The technology tracks the strategies used to solve problems and the interactions he/she has in the program. It then immediately adjusts the lesson and the level of difficulty, sequencing, number of hints, and pacing to best match the learner. This allows students, whether struggling, at grade level, or advanced, to progress at a pace that best benefits them and deepen conceptual understanding.

Should you help your child?

While in Dreambox, the program is following a student's every move. Any help they get could move them beyond their understanding and lead to more difficult problems and therefore more frustration. The best way to help your child is to remind them about the help button. The help offered is different each time and the program keeps track of where help is needed and adjusts lessons accordingly. All of this is used to help determine the best way to move student learning forward.

How can families set up an account to receive more information about student performance?

Follow these steps:

  1. Go to your child’s District portal.

  2. Have your child login to his or her profile just as it would be done at school.

  3. Click Setup Parent Access at the bottom of the page.

  4. Follow the instructions to create a login (email) and password.

  5. Read the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

  6. Click Submit.

To log into your Family Insights Dashboard (after it is set up):

  1. Go to

  2. Enter your email and password.

  3. To see student progress, click the Family Dashboard button.

Possible Questions to Ask When Your Student is Working In DreamBox

1. Have you clicked the help or hint button? What did it say?

2. What do you think you are supposed to do here?

3. Show me what you’re doing that isn’t working.

4. What have you tried already?

5. Have you learned something in other DreamBox lessons that could help here? Tell me about it

If you have asked these and nothing has helped, it might be time for a break.

Click either the Pause or the X to make sure lesson progress is saved!

Safe Arrival & Dismissal

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For the safety and security of our students, please ensure personal vehicles utilize the car drop-off/pick-up area. When dropping off or picking up students, please pull forward to improve traffic flow. For safety reasons, children should enter the vehicle door nearest the curb and drivers should remain in the vehicle. If you need to escort your child to the building or have visibility of your child entering the building, please utilize a parking space and walk your child to the door. Please keep crosswalks clear so that pedestrians do not have to walk in the street.

A Message From Your PTO

Our first PTO meeting of the year had a great turnout! We look forward to seeing new and returning faces in our upcoming meetings. Our next meeting is 10/15/2019 at 6:30pm.

Upcoming PTO Sponsored Events:
10/10/2019 - Kinnaman Family Picnic 6p - 8p
Join us at our first community event! Bring your own dinner and picnic blanket and come hang out with fellow Kinnaman families. There will be BBQ games to play and raffles to win prizes such as a family bowling package and a swimming package.

10/09/2019 - 10/23/2019 - Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser
We are selling Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough to raise money for Kinnaman! More information will be coming home closer to the start of the fundraiser. Orders will be available for pick up on December 10th.

10/23/2019 - Conference Dinner Donations
Fall Conferences are in October and we love to show our appreciation for our teachers by providing them with a potluck dinner on Wednesdays during their 12+ hour day. You do not have to be a registered and background volunteer in order to donate food. Look for sign ups in October.

Missed attending a PTO meeting but would like to know what was discussed? Check out the PTO Meeting Notes

Check for Volunteer Opportunities on

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The 21st Beaverton Education Foundation Phone-a-thon takes place October 9-17, 2019. This annual dialing tradition provides critical funds that support innovative educational programs for students in the Beaverton community. During the five-fun-filled nights, more than 350 student volunteers make over 30,000 phone calls, dedicating their time, energy and enthusiasm to supporting BEF programs.

Last year, BEF served over 27,000 Beaverton students in grades K-12, funding 124 academic programs or projects. Through this funding from our supporters and community engagement, $390,603 was invested back into our schools.

This year our goal is to fund 130 projects impacting 30,000 students. Together, we will make it happen.

The Phone campaign and the associated mailings are the Foundations largest fundraising activity of the year. Funds raised are reinvested in a wide variety of after and summer school programs for students at all of Beaverton public schools. Please Answer the Call for our students!

Upcoming Events

10/9-10/23 Cookie Dough Sales

10/10 Kinnaman Picnic 6:00-8:00 p.m.

10/11 No School for Students (Staff Development Work Day)

10/16 Picture Day

10/23-10/24 Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

10/25 No School for Students

12/10 Cookie Dough Pick-Up

District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.